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Assistant Professor Peter Swendsen and TIMARA major David Bird '12 to Perform Original Works With Groundworks DanceTheater September 16 and 17 at Akron's ICE HOUSE

Sep. 13, 2011

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Assistant Professor Peter Swendsen and TIMARA major David Bird '12
(Eli Stine '13)

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GroundWorks DanceTheater Announces 2011 Fall Concert Series

New start times!

Akron’s Historic ICE HOUSE / Cleveland’s TRINITY CATHEDRAL
September 16 – 17, 2011 at 7 pm / October 6 – 8, 2011 at 7 pm

Cleveland, Ohio (August 23, 2010) – Northeast Ohio’s premier dance company has announced its fall concert schedule which will include the world premieres of two exciting new works by GroundWorks Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and GroundWorks Artistic Associate Amy Miller. The company will celebrate its 12th consecutive year at the historic Ice House on Akron’s Northside in September, followed by performances at Cleveland landmark Trinity Cathedral in October.

GroundWorks DanceTheater will present the world premiere of “Running to Earth,” a commissioned work by Miller in collaboration with composer Peter Swendsen, Assistant Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as well as the world premiere of a piece by Shimotakahara with original music and video design by David Bird, a graduate student in Oberlin’s Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA). Also on the program will be “Major to Minor” by Shimotakahara.

Miller is a founding member of GroundWorks and has choreographed for the company since 2006. She was named the Outstanding Artist in Dance by the Akron Area Arts Alliance in 2009 and her choreography earned a 2010 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Miller and Swendsen collaborated in 2009 to create “Valence,” hailed by critics as “a mysterious and striking creation.” (Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sept. 10, 2009) Miller has maintained close artistic ties to GroundWorks since moving from Cleveland to New York City in 2010.

The Ice House, part of the Northside Ice/Coal Factory Complex, is located at 129 North Summit Street (between Perkins and Furnace Streets) in Akron. Both the Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17 concerts will begin at 7:00 pm.

Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral is at 2230 Euclid Avenue (at E. 22nd Street) with free parking in the Trinity Commons lot off of Prospect. Three concerts are scheduled: Thursday, October 6, Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, all at 7 pm.

Tickets for both the Ice House and Trinity performances are $20 general admission, $17 for seniors and $10 for students and can be purchased by calling GroundWorks at 216-751-0088, ext. 2 or at

GroundWorks DanceTheater’s performances are made possible with funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Murphy Foundation, The Kulas Foundation, Cleveland City Dance, Individual Contributors, and Members of the GroundWorks Board of Trustees. In Summit County, GroundWorks’ Ice House performances and educational activities are generously supported by the GAR Foundation, Akron Community Foundation and the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation.

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